I am a huge mystery fan, but I tend to gravitate towards the more graphic grizzly authors. This was a pleasant outing, a palate-cleanser after reading Jo Nesbo and Tana French. I kept thinking what a boring life Isabel Dalhousie led. It seemed like she was living in another era, but I know that's not true. Perhaps it is more common in Scotland, but I heard her (audio book) as a set-in-her-ways older woman and had to keep reminding myself that she was in her 40s. I have a more interesting active life than she does and I'm 65.
This is my first book by this author. I heard him speak locally about six months ago. He is charming and funny and someone you'd love to have dinner with. I expected his writing to be similar to his speaking style, and it is, though he is much funnier than the characters in this book.
If you've been jitter-bugging all night, and you need a slow dance to catch your breath, this is just right. Have a cup of tea and a nice chat while you solve the mystery.
Years ago, when this book came out in hard copy, I bought it and reveled in the low-key, thoughtful mystery set in the author's hometown. I've listened to one or two of the No. 1 Ladies Detection Agency books and admired that actress's voice and skilled accents, but the author's own somewhat conservative colonial and male views opined by an African woman character have been too difficult for me to take. Yes, I find Isabel's increasing self-doubt and questionable self-esteem unhealthy to the point of wondering about the author's misogyny as the Philosophy Club series continues and Isabel's intimate relationship develops. But those issues are barely nascent in this thoughtful first stroll through Isabel's daily rounds of her niece's cafe, her art exhibits and musical events, philosophizing about what she might say to get her Philosophy Club to meet. I heartily wish there were more genuinely "cosy" and intelligent mysteries such as the Isabel Dalhousie series available for mystery lovers who are thoroughly tired of cardboard characters in car chases and warehouse explosions. But I assume Smith was only able to publish his Isabel Dalhousie series because of his previous bestselling success with his Mma Ramotswe series. Here's hoping publishers are reading this feedback and will consider publishing more such series as Isabel's.
after reading the description I was expecting. something on the order of Mrs Polifax or Amelia Peabody. sort of a humorous who-done-it with clever clues that drove the plot forward. but this was a little too melodramatic and driven by sex for my taste. I had looked forward to reading to the rest of the series but for now I think I'll skip it.
Book just meanders all over the place a bit too much for my taste. Think it's the author's style - remember feeling when reading the Ladies Detective Agency that the pace was very very slooooow
Would never ask an author to change their style!
Love Davina Porter always. She's a pro.
different story line
Yes, not fond of the "philosopher" and her unravelling stories.
She has an easy listening voice, good clear speech and great reading style.
I enjoy Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective books, Corduroy Mansions etc. This character just did nothing for me.
Too much philosophy--a little slow--the reader had a grating voice and didn't do well on the different voice.
Not sure--I would if I knew the books would be more like The #1 Ladies Detective Agency
Maybe Katherine Kellgrin
Yes, it had a somewhat interesting storyline, with the mystery in it.
I found myself wondering what the heck she was talking about and why a lot. It went on and on about things not pertaining to the plot, and I would get very bored. I found myself losing focus on the story and getting lost in my thoughts. Certainly not gripping. Not my cup of tea, but for others I'm sure it was relaxing and nice. It was by no means a page turner.
Yes, but not this series. I'll give the Ladies Detective Agency a try.
The Narrator does a good job. It was an adjustment for me getting used to the Brittish accent.
I'm on Chapter 8 and this book is going nowhere. I couldn't wait to hear another Alexander McCall Smith book having already read his first two. This one is a big disappointment. Please don't waste your time.
After thoroughly enjoying all the books in the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series, I looked forward to reading Alexander McCall Smith's newest release. I was so disappointed. The characters are boring and tedious. I won't be recommending this one to anyone.
I eagerly downloaded this book based on my joy in 'reading' or 'listening to" his "No. One Ladies Detective Agency" books. It was hard to believe that this book and that series were written by the same person. It plodded along with little or no plot or action and I finally gave up on it. I'm waiting for the next "Precious" book.